Head and shoulders of painted 3D print of John Hurt as The War Doctor

Sir John Hurt

“Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame.”

– The Day of the Doctor

One of the first things I did when I got my printer, back at the end of 2020, was of course to download Sir John Hurt and print him at 1:19 scale.

Painted 3D print of John Hurt as The War Doctor

One of my key motivations for getting a 3D printer was to create figures for the railway. It wasn’t John Hurt in particular I had in mind, but there’s not only a fine drawing of him on Thingiverse, it also allowed me to connect two of my main interests – railways and Doctor Who – and of course there is no limit to the number of Doctors Who that you can have on a model railway, since (s)he is a time traveller!

The drawing wasn’t in 1:19 scale, but the internet says Hurt was 5’9″ so I used that to scale him.

I think I need to work on painting eyes…

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Simon Wood

Lecturer in medical education, lapsed mathematician, Doctor Who fan and garden railway builder. See simonwood.info for more...

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